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``(a) State Plan.--
``(1) In general.--Each State educational agency that desires to receive a grant under this part shall submit, for approval by the Secretary, a plan for meeting the needs of neglected and delinquent youth and, where applicable, youth at risk of dropping out of school which is integrated with other programs under this Act, the Goals 2000: Educate America Act, or other Acts, as appropriate, consistent with section 14306.
``(2) Contents.--Each such State plan shall--
``(A) describe the program goals, objectives, and performance measures established by the State that will be used to assess the effectiveness of the program in improving academic and vocational skills of children in the program;
``(B) provide that, to the extent feasible, such children will have the same opportunities to learn as such children would have if such children were in the schools of local educational agencies in the State; and
``(C) contain assurances that the State educational agency will--
``(i) ensure that programs assisted under this part will be carried out in accordance with the State plan described in this subsection;
``(ii) carry out the evaluation requirements of section 1416;
``(iii) ensure that the State agencies receiving subgrants under this subpart comply with all applicable statutory and regulatory requirements; and
``(iv) provide such other information as the Secretary may reasonably require.
``(3) Duration of the plan.--Each such State plan shall--
``(A) remain in effect for the duration of the State's participation under this part; and
``(B) be periodically reviewed and revised by the State, as necessary, to reflect changes in the State's strategies and programs under this part.
``(b) Secretarial Approval; Peer Review.--
``(1) In general.--The Secretary shall approve each State plan that meets the requirements of this part.
``(2) Peer review.--The Secretary may review any State plan with the assistance and advice of individuals with relevant expertise.
``(c) State Agency Applications.--Any State agency that desires to receive funds to carry out a program under this part shall submit an application to the State educational agency that--
``(1) describes the procedures to be used, consistent with the State plan under section 1111, to assess the educational needs of the children to be served;
``(2) provides assurances that in making services available to youth in adult correctional facilities, priority will be given to such youth who are likely to complete incarceration within a 2-year period;
``(3) describes the program, including a budget for the first year of the program, with annual updates to be provided to the State educational agency;
``(4) describes how the program will meet the goals and objectives of the State plan under this subpart;
``(5) describes how the State agency will consult with experts and provide the necessary training for appropriate staff, to ensure that the planning and operation of institution-wide projects under section 1416 are of high quality;
``(6) describes how the agency will carry out the evaluation requirements of section 14701 and how the results of the most recent evaluation are used to plan and improve the program;
``(7) includes data showing that the agency has maintained fiscal effort required of a local educational agency, in accordance with section 14501 of this title;
``(8) describes how the programs will be coordinated with other appropriate State and Federal programs, such as programs under the Job Training Partnership Act, vocational education programs, State and local dropout prevention programs, and special education programs;
``(9) describes how appropriate professional development will be provided to teachers and other staff;
``(10) designates an individual in each affected institution to be responsible for issues relating to the transition of children and youth from the institution to locally operated programs;
``(11) describes how the agency will, endeavor to coordinate with businesses for training and mentoring for participating youth;
``(12) provides assurances that the agency will assist in locating alternative programs through which students can continue their education if students are not returning to school after leaving the correctional facility;
``(13) provides assurances that the agency will work with parents to secure parents' assistance in improving the educational achievement of their children and preventing their children's further involvement in delinquent activities;
``(14) provides assurances that the agency works with special education youth in order to meet an existing individualized education program and an assurance that the agency will notify the youth's local school if such youth--
``(A) is identified as in need of special education services while the youth is in the facility; and
``(B) intends to return to the local school;
``(15) provides assurances that the agency will work with youth who dropped out of school before entering the facility to encourage the youth to reenter school once the term of the youth has been completed or provide the youth with the skills necessary to gain employment, continue the education of the youth, or achieve a secondary school diploma or the recognized equivalent if the youth does not intend to return to school;
``(16) provides assurances that teachers and other qualified staff are also trained to work with children with disabilities and other students with special needs taking into consideration the unique needs of such students;
``(17) describes any additional services provided to youth, such as career counseling, and assistance in securing student loans and grants; and
``(18) provides assurances that the program under this subpart will be coordinated with any programs operated under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974 or other comparable programs, if applicable.